NCLEX with a dui misdemeanor in NY

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by AD2345 AD2345 (New) New Nurse Student

Hi I recently graduated from school in westchester county NY.  I’m 30 years old and have a dui from 10 years prior. It is a misdemeanor.  My question is, has anyone else been in this situation? And has anyone been denied a license because of this? Thanks in advance!

I haven't been in that situation and each state is different. However, is there a way you can get it expunged? What does the NY BON's website state re: criminal cases and sitting for NCLEX?

It says “the New York State Education Department (NYSED) will review your background including your prior conviction(s). NYSED decides on a case by case basis whether your prior criminal conviction(s) will disqualify you from being licensed as a nurse in New York.” 
I am not sure how to get it expunged or maybe try and have it sealed. I’m going to call the court on Monday and hopefully they can help.

Nature_walker, ASN, BSN, RN

Specializes in psych. Has 5 years experience.

I am in NY and I had a friend who graduate with me with the same thing. If I remember right, this friend needed to have two or three letters written on their behalf that they had upstanding character and that people in the program had not seen anything that would stop them from recommending them to be a nurse. I think they had to write a letter to the BON as well stating that they had changed and were of upstanding character and that it had happened when they were young and dumb. They were told that their ATT might be delayed while the board reviewed their case. They got their ATT the same time as the rest of my cohort and they were among the first to pass their NCLEX. I still hear from them as we have remained close friends and they are an excellent nurse! Good luck!

On 12/19/2020 at 7:10 AM, Nature_walker said:

I am in NY and I had a friend who graduate with me with the same thing. If I remember right, this friend needed to have two or three letters written on their behalf that they had upstanding character and that people in the program had not seen anything that would stop them from recommending them to be a nurse. I think they had to write a letter to the BON as well stating that they had changed and were of upstanding character and that it had happened when they were young and dumb. They were told that their ATT might be delayed while the board reviewed their case. They got their ATT the same time as the rest of my cohort and they were among the first to pass their NCLEX. I still hear from them as we have remained close friends and they are an excellent nurse! Good luck!

Thank you. Do you know if she had to do this before she applied? Or did the BON contact her when she tried to sign up for the NCLEX.

Nature_walker, ASN, BSN, RN

Specializes in psych. Has 5 years experience.

7 minutes ago, AD2345 said:

Thank you. Do you know if she had to do this before she applied? Or did the BON contact her when she tried to sign up for the NCLEX.

Pretty sure she had to do it before she could apply for her ATT. She had one of the teachers at school helping her with all her paperwork. She told me about it afterwards, so I'm only able to tell you what I heard from her after the fact. Hope this helps.